Assault and Assault Escort Carrier
Ex USS Cordova ACV-39/CVE-39
Became Rempang 1948, Daphne 1969


HMS Khedive (D-62) was built in the USA at Seattle-Tacoma as USS Cordova ACV-39. She was laid down on 30 December 1942, launched on 30 January 1943 and reclassified CVE-39 on 15 July 1943. She was transferred to the Royal Navy on 6 August 1943, commissioned 25 August 1943 and subsequently manned mainly by Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) crew. She was scrapped 1975.

Khedive was one of the third group of escort carriers, the "Ruler" class which was built in the USA for the Royal Navy, and were generally similar to the preceding "Attacker" Class. The modifications carried out to the earlier class after their arrival in the UK were incorporated in the "Ruler" Class during construction. Many of the class were used as amphibious support carriers, taking part in the invasion of Southern France. Others supported Eastern Fleet operations against Burma and Malaya, and some served with the British Pacific Fleet as escorts for the Fleet Train.

Khedive's wartime career was as a fighter carrier then assault carrier involved in operations in South France in August 1944 (as part of Task Force 88 deployed on Mediteranean during the landing in Provence during operation "Anvil/Dragoon"), the Aegean later in the year in 1944, and as part of the East Indies Fleet in Burma in 1945.

In the South France operation fighter sweeps were undertaken in the beginning of August, 1944 in which month four escort carriers with Seafires - Attacker (879 Sqdn), Khedive (899 Sqdn), Hunter (807 Sqdn) and Stalker (809 Sqdn) - had played a major part in Operation Dragoon, the invasion of the South of France, these vessels and their Seafires subsequently operating in the Aegean.

Khedive took part in operation "Sunfish" between 8 and 18 April 1945 in the course of which the battleships Queen Elizabeth and Richelieu bombarded Sabang while the carriers Emperor and Khedive, screened by Venus attacked a variety of targets.  In the first week of April 1945, 808 squadron aboard Khedive shot down three Japanese aircraft when they attacked the Fleet, but the squadron was having difficulties due to the loss of three aircraft in a landing accident on 10 April, 1945. Shortly after returning, the East Indies Fleets' Escort carrier Squadron was regrouped as the 21st Aircraft carrier squadron composed of Emperor, Hunter, Khedive and Stalker. Shortly joined by Ameer, Attacker, Pursuer, Searcher and Trouncer. The initial four carriers were all engaged in the invasion of Rangoon with Hellcats and the first Seafire squadron to join the fleet. The landings took place on 2 May 1945 with the fighter squadrons flying 110 sorties during the day against little opposition.

Khedive was returned to the USN on 26 January 1946, and became mercantile Rempang 1948, Daphne 1969 and finally scrapped 1975.

Battle Honours

South France 1944, Aegean 1944, Burma 1945

Captain Arthur Pedder 1945

Squadrons and Aircraft

FAA squadrons embarked Dates Aircraft type
899 April-Oct 1944 Seafire Vb
808 Jan-Dec 1945 Hellcat II
800 dt May 1945 Hellcat I/II
845 April 1945 Avenger I
888 April 1945 Hellcat II
804 Feb 1945 Hellcat II
1700 June-Sept 1945 Walrus

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Carrier name HMS Khedive
Ex USS Cordova ACV/AVG-39.
Became mercantile Rempang 1948, Daphne 1969 and
Class Ruler
Type Fighter and Assault Escort Carrier (US built)
Ships in Class Ameer, Arbiter, Atheling, Begum, Emperor, Empress, Khedive, Nabob, Patroller, Premier, Puncher, Queen, Rajah, Ranee, Reaper, Ruler, Shah, Slinger, Smiter, Speaker, Thane, Trouncer, Trumpeter
Launched Laid down 30 Dec 1942. Launched 30 Jan 1943. Transferred 6 Aug 1943, Commissioned 25 Aug 1943
Tonnage 8,333 tons

Gross displacement 14,000 tons

Load 5667 tons

Engines 2 x Foster-Wheeler boilers; 2 x Westinghouse geared turbines at 8500 shp, 1 shaft
Speed in Knots 18 knots 
Armament Gun 2 x 1 x 5"/38-cal DP 8 x 2 x 40mm AA 27-35 x 1 x 20mm AA 
Crew Complement 646 Officers & Ratings including Air Group
Length (ft/inches) 496
Beam (ft/inches) 69' 6"
Draught (ft/inches) 23'3"
Flight Deck length (ft/inches) 470'
Flight Deck width (ft/inches) 70'
Number of aircraft carried 18-24
Fate of carrier scrapped 1975.

NavSource Online: Escort Carrier Photo Archive: CVE-39 HMS KHEDIVE (Ex- CVE-39 CORDOVA) CLASS - BOGUE  
An A-Z of Aircraft Profiles by FAUCONBERG AEROGRAPHICS An A-Z of Aircraft Profiles by FAUCONBERG AEROGRAPHICS including ,GRUMMAN HELLCAT Mk. II, 808 Squadron, Royal Naval Air Service, H.M.S. Khedive, August 1945
 Task Force 88 organisation Historic air attacks on Southern France in Operation Anvil /Dragoon on 15 August 1944 involving HMS Attacker, Emperor, Khedive, Pursuer and Searcher, and squadrons: 800, 822, 879, 881 and 899.
Vice-Admiral Sir Arthur Pedder obituary  Obitaury of former Captain of Khedive
World Aircraft Carrier Lists and Photo Gallery - from 1913 to 2000. Naval History Information Center, Haze Gray & Underway
Aircraft profiles by Scott Fraser, owner of Tally Ho! decals The Following profiles are offered by Scott Fraser, owner of Tally Ho! decals, Hellcat II, JW872, 808 Squadron, HMS Khedive Malay Coast, June 1945, Hellcat II, JZ788, 808 Squadron, HMS Khedive, May 1945, 
Sturtivant, R & Ballance, T  (1994). 'The Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm' Published by Air Britain (Historians) Ltd, 1994 ISBN: 0 85130 223 8

The Worldís Warships 1941 by Francis E. McMurtrie (1944). Jane's London 1941 1st ed. 

Jane's Fighting Ships of World War II by Francis E. McMurtrie (Editor)(1984). 320 pages. Crescent Books; ISBN: 0517679639

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